TORONTO — Dwane Casey is not supposed to still be here.
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It was just 10 months ago that Casey was close to losing his job. The Raptors returned from a West Coast trip with a 4-18 record, and general manager Bryan Colangelo and his front office discussed firing the second-year coach. Ultimately, Casey hung on to his job and the Raptors split their final 60 games.
At the end of the year, at least partly out of self-preservation, Colangelo chained himself to Casey … and was promptly fired (or re-assigned, if you prefer the vague language of press releases). New Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Tim Leiweke brought in Masai Ujiri from Denver to replace Colangelo, and it seemed likely Ujiri would hire his own coach.